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Saturday 17 November 2018

Referendum Commission concerned about lack of debate on plan to set up court of appeal

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

THE independent Referendum Commission has highlighted the lack of debate about the proposal to set up a new Court of Appeal.

The chair of the independent commission, Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne, said there had already been some discussion about the proposal to abolish the Seanad in the October 4 referendum.

"There has been much less discussion on the other proposal to set up a new Court of Appeal. I hope that  changes between now and polling day,"

she said.

The Court of Appeal is intended to deal with the four-year waiting list for appeals to the Supreme Court and will be staffed by new judges, if voters approve its establishment.

The Referendum Commission is going to distribute two million information booklets on the Seanad abolition referendum and the Court of Appeal referendum on October 4.

Irish Independent

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